V Shankaranarayanan (Carnatic Vocal)
Nagai Sriram (Violin)
Tanjore K Murugaboopathi (Mridangam)
Shree Sundar Kumar Bhagavathy Subramanian (Kanjira)

April 17, 2016 5:00 PM

Recital Hall
St. Catherine University,
St. Paul

                              Shankaranarayanan & Party

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About the Artists:

V Shankaranarayanan 

V Shankaranarayanan is an accomplished artist and an expert in Carnatic Music, a South Indian classical tradition of music. Starting at the age of 9, he has performed all over India and abroad and has won the appreciation of several audiences with his authentic renditions and resonating voice.  In a performing career spanning 20 years, Shankar has delivered over 1000+ live concerts. A versatile artist, he has performed widely in India and other countries under the aegis of several eminent organizations. An “A-grade” artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan since 2002, he has performed frequently in audio and visual media as well. He has won several awards in recognition of his talents and service to music.  The deep rooted classicism that characterizes his music is a result of years of intensive training starting from the age of 6 from Vaigal Sri Gnanskandan, retd AIR producer and one of the foremost disciples of Semmungudi Srinivasa Iyer.

Blessed with an inimitable voice, Shankar is widely acknowledged for his imaginative music – elaborate raga, swara, neraval renditions, RTP’s and so on. A national talent scholarship recipient for 13 consecutive years, he has also had the privege of learning from eminent artists in the field.

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Nagai Sriram

Nagai Sriram hails from a family of musicians. He was initiated into Carnatic Violin music at the age of 10 by his grandmother, Smt R. Komalavalli. Currently, Nagai Sriram is receiving advanced training from his uncle Vidwan Kalaimamani Nagai Shri R. Muralidharan and is an A-grade artist of All India Radio.

Nagai Sriram started his career as an accompanist at the age of 12 when he played for Shri Neyveli Santhanagopalan in New Delhi, India. Since then, he has been accompanying various leading artists including Dr. M. Balamurali Krishna, K.V. Narayanaswamy, T. N. Seshagopalan, T.V. Sankaranarayanan, O. S. Thyagarajan, Hyderabad Brothers, Dr. N. Ramani, Sanjay Subramaniam, P. Unni Krishnan, and T. M. Krishna, to name a few.

Nagai Sriram has many awards and laurels to his name including, Shanmukha Sangeetha Sironmani (Shanmukhanandha Sabha, Mumbai, 2007), Best Violinist (Music Academy, Chennai, 2001 through 2008), Best Violinist (Maharajapuram Vishwanatha Iyer Trust,  2004), and Yuvakalabharathi (Bharath Kalachar, Chennai, 2002).

Tanjore K Murugaboopathi

Murugaboopathi Kalyanansundaram a.k.a. Tanjore K. Murugaboopathi is one of the topmost mridangam players of today.  

He had his initial training under Mridanga Vidwan, T.R. Srinivasan at Tamil Nadu Music College Chennai. After about two years of stage experience, he underwent further training in the gurukula tradition under the Late Mridangam Maestro Tanjore Upendran for over 10 years.

Murugaboopathi’s percussion career has been a colorful spectrum of accompaniment to a legion of reputable virtuosos in Carnatic Vocal and Instrumental music. His techniques and creative ability in accompaniment, solo renditions, and jugalbandi programs have earned him a critical acclaim around the world.

He has participated and conducted numerous outreach programs (lecture demonstrations, music conferences and seminars) in various countries including the United States, Europe, Australia and East Asia.

He has been instrumental in providing support, direction and guidance towards incubating several arts organizations in various parts of the world. Murugaboopathi has received several awards over the years such as Kalaimamani and Laya Kala Ratna.

Shree Sundar Kumar Bhagavathy Subramanian

The kanjira man - Kanjira Artist, Konnakol Rapper, and Multi Percussionist. Shree Sundar Kumar is one of the leading Kanjira artists in the world of Rhythm music. Having entered the musical world at the age of three, he has been mesmerizing audience with his intricate rhythm beats and innate creativity that he inherited from his musical family.

After the initial tutelage under his father, a renowned Mridangam player, Dr. K. B. S Mani, he underwent rigorous training under legendary Guru Karaikudi Sri R. Mani. It was under his guidance that Sundarkumar perfected the art of playing Mridangam, and then took to playing his most favorite percussion instrument, the Kanjira.

His mastery and understanding of subtle nuances of playing this instrument is unparalleled.

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About the Venue:

Directions and Parking:

The Recital Hall is located just behind the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium  in the campus of St. Catherine University (2004 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105). The Recital Hall is Building 24 in the campus map (see below).

Driving Directions: 

  • From I-94 going E: Take Cretin Avenue exit. South (right) on Cretin to Randolph Avenue. East (left) on Randolph to Cleveland Avenue intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
  • From I-94 going W: Take Snelling Avenue (US 51) exit. South (left) on Snelling Avenue to Randolph. West (right) on Randoplh to Fairview/Randolph intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
  • From I-35E: Exit on Randolph Avenue. Proceed West to Fairview/Randolph intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
  • From I-35W: Exit on 94 eastbound to Cretin Avenue exit. South on Cretin to Randolph Avenue. East on Randolph to Cleveland Avenue intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.

Gate 3 is located between Cleveland and Fairview and is nearest to the intersection of Randolph and Prior Avenues. The Recital Hall is located right behind the better known O'Shaughnessy auditorium. Parking is free after hours and on weekends.

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IMSOM’s Spring 2015 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” Grant, a matching grant from US Bank, and the generosity of its members and donors. All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI “Fresh Air” Radio (90.3 in Minneapolis/106.7 FM in St. Paul).

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